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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by username n/a, Aug 1, 2007.
its a p bass right pics please
Depends on the period. His most famous basses were Ps. Before them he used Rickenbacker (both 4000 and 4001), and later he also used Ibanez and a Roland Bass. The Ps were black, one with a maple neck and one with a rosewood neck. He may have had duplicates, I don't know.
just do a google images search...
Here are some of the P basses with the maple and rosewood fingerboards, an Ibanez and another bass that could be a Roland (I'm not familiar with them).
At some point he used an Ibanez (Roadster?) bass. He can be seen here in their 1981 catalogue.
diff shots have him holding a clear bass (dan armstrong?) and a rickenbacker i can't identify (but any rick expert should be able to)
its a jetglo(sp?) 4000
I would love to know what this one was:
Same bass, two angles. It's Fender-ish, but the headstock is angled, four tuners in-line. Two J pickups...Neck looks shorter compared to the Fenders and Ibanez' shown on the site...Is it 32 inch scale?
Pics aren't great but from what I can see that looks like the Roland. That's certainly what he used around the Thunder and Lightning period, minus all the synth gubbins of course. I think it was a standard 34" scale. I've got some live footage of him using it. Is there nothing on Youtube?
Melt, here's a video of the bass in question:
I don't know enough about old Roland basses to identify it - and can't see a logo anywhere. I'm just curious b/c I've never seen this bass model before.
BTW, this is a great tune with Gary Moore!
Another one with Gary Moore, Out in the Fields.
I think he is most known for the black P with a maple neck and mirror guard
I saw one like that at a local music store. I believe it was a Squier knockoff, though.
Yep, that's the Roland. It was basically the controller for a Roland Bass synth unit, and I believe he just liked the bass. He used that in the latter stages of Lizzy.
The black/mirror pickguard combo was something he started on the Rics IIRC. It became sort of a signature thing. I seem to remember it says in one of my old tour programmes that he once had a mirror which he stuck on his bass (belonged to an old girlfriend or something) and he liked the effect it created when the lights caught it, so he came up with the mirrored scrathplate idea.